Mending Canada's Employment Insurance Quilt: The Case for Restoring Equity
16 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2011
Date Written: November 2, 2011
Under the current Employment Insurance (EI) system, long-lasting EI benefits are more easily accessed in regions with high unemployment rates than in regions with low unemployment rates where workers face tighter restrictions to access short-lived benefits. This complicated screening procedure, intended to better support the various circumstances facing unemployed workers across the country, creates a number of undesirable consequences: the most glaring being pockets of high, chronic unemployment. The goals and intentions of the EI regime should be simplified to better address the needs of Canada’s unemployed workers.
Keywords: Social Policy, Canada, employment insurance (EI), EI reforms
JEL Classification: J6, J65, J68
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